Rosetta Stone: Learn Languages
Rosetta Stone is the oldest language-learning app which teaches new languages by a method called ‘Dynamic Immersion.’ With a rich feature set and an excellent UI to match, the Rosetta Stone app for iOS and Android mobile is still the leading utility for learning new languages in my opinion.
Rosetta Stone, unlike other language apps, doesn’t use direct translation to teach new languages. Instead, it uses Dynamic Immersion which instructs learners as it would children learning a new language. Users can choose from 24 languages ranging from Spanish, American English, Korean, Mandarin to Turkish and Polish.
The app starts users out from the foundation that includes greetings, basic questions and simple words that you need to start conversations. You will also learn through photos which allow you to relate words to real-life objects, situations and contexts. You can move through all the phases, from learning words, forming sentences and to finally engaging incoherent conversations.
With TruAccent, you can refine your pronunciation in case you are struggling with this little aspect. You can also tweak the settings on the Speech Recognition Engine to reflect the level of pronunciation that you can express. This is an important feature because the engine is designed to recognize speech of non-native speakers. Videos are also available for select lessons.
The app is compatible with devices running Android 5.0 or higher, iOS 10.0 or later, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Ease Of Use
The almost perfect rating is because I haven’t encountered any glitches with this app. In fact, the entire experience has been seamless on both the iOS and Android app. Rosetta Stone offers frequent updates for bugs, keeping the app smooth. In the latest version, core lessons have been split into three to allow learners to make more meaningful progress and cover more content.
The design of the Rosetta Stone app is excellent and supports the immersive learning model through colorful photos that illustrate the words you are learning. The UI is slick and responsive, and everything is laid out in perfect tiles. Navigating the app is simple enough for users to adapt to quickly.
The app is free to install. To use it, you’ll need a monthly subscription of $12, or you can opt for the yearly subscription of $200 which offers the complete premium package.
- Offers a wide variety of challenges and games;
- Excellent, intuitive UI;
- Teaches speech and pronunciation;
- Stable on both iOS and Google Android devices.
- Quite expensive;
- Images may not be clear, especially on smaller devices;
- Does not teach by direct translation;
- Doesn’t provide levels for already experienced users.
While Rosetta Stone might be a bit on the pricey side, it still offers some of the best tools available on the market for language learning, especially if you are looking for a raw and immersive experience. It’s not difficult to see why I gave this app an almost perfect rating in every section. I’d recommend this one above all other language learning apps, but the developers should think about introducing a one-time purchase for the app.